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Spring 2007: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
My freshman year at EMU, one of my math professors suggested that I consider a program in Budapest, Hungary called Budapest Semesters in Mathematics in my senior year. It seemed like a fine idea, but senior year seemed so far off. However, before I knew it, I was graduating a semester early and applying for a Hungarian Visa. This is exactly what I've always wanted to do: get on a plane headed to some strange place where I don't know anyone and find my way around for a while. I left on Janurary 28th, and returned to the states May 29th. You can look around at my photos and read my blog. You can also learn more about BSM on wikipedia.
Everyone always asks: why study math in Budpest? Or even better, why study math at all? The second question is not easy to answer, but it makes sense to relax and enjoy myself for the nine precious months between college and medical school, so BSM seemed like the perfect fit.

The reason why Budapest is the location of choice is due mostly to a man named Paul Erdös (Wikipedia), a hungarian Mathematician of the 20th century. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest mathematical minds of that period, and certainly the most prolific. He moved to the US just prior to WWII due to mounting tensions (he was of Jewish background). During the cold war, Hungary was under Soviet control, and Erdös made extensive efforts to keep Hungary's mathematical window on the western world open. Toward the end of the century and his life, he and several other reknown Hungarian mathematicians started the BSM program to provide a unique and exciting mathematical experience for North American students.



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